Two days left to Freedom not Fear

On Friday, Freedom not Fear in Brussels will start! You find all infos you need in the wiki, where also the schedule can be found.

Everything starts with an opening keynote of Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor: “Pros and Cons of the New Legal Framework for Data Protection. Opening of the New Era v. Same Old Story”. On Saturday and Sunday there’ll be a lot of workshops and discussions covering a broad variety of digital rights related topics like data retention, net neutrality, TTIP or copyright.

As always there is free space for spontaneous workshops/talks/… so feel free to bring your ideas and we will find a time for it together.

If there’s any question you have, join the mailing list or write to contact[ätt]freedomnotfear[dot]org.

See you on Friday!

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Three weeks left – FNF is coming nearer

In about three weeks, the Freedom not Fear meeting in Brussels will start. We are really looking forward to it and hope many of you will join us. Traditionally we do not have a completely settled schedule because we want to provide open space for spontaneous workshops, talks and actions.

Of course you can also announce a session now, just go to our wiki and choose your time slot. Here are a few sessions that are already fixed:

  • Brussels Bubble for Dummies (Walter van Holst & Kirsten)
  • Net neutrality – 2nd plenary to the rescue (Thomas Lohninger)
  • Bon voyage, privacy: a workshop on PNR, Smart Borders and what you can do (Access, more tba)

Further we are happy to announce our keynote speaker for Friday evening: Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the European Data Protection Assistant Supervisor. He will talk about “Pros and Cons of the New Legal Framework for Data Protection. Opening of the New Era v. Same Old Story”.

As an outside action some of us will join the Trade Agreement Protests on Saturday.

See you soon and bring your ideas!

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Freedom not Fear goes Chaos Communication Camp

For everyone who wants to join Freedom not Fear in Brussels and who will be at the Chaos Communication Camp this weekend: Let’s meet and drive preparations forward.

We will have a self-organized session on the 14th August, 7 p.m. at Noisy Square Village.

We hope to see you there!

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Register for travel allowances now!

Seat of the European Parliament in Brussels - CC BY-SA 3.0 via wikimedia/Alina Zienowicz

Seat of the European Parliament in Brussels – CC BY-SA 3.0 via wikimedia/Alina Zienowicz

Again this year, MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht supports us from his EU Parliament visitors budget. And Digitalcourage again has booked hotel rooms at the Hotel Adagio Access Europe, close to Mundo B, European Parliament and EU Commission.

If you register, you will get 3 nights incl. Breakfast in Brussels, and an additional travel allowance
of 40 Euro. In case you don’t need an accomodation, you will receive an allowance of 80 Euro. For those who can’t afford the travel to Brussels, you may apply for an additional travel cost allowance.

Be aware, that for receiving the allowances, it is required to participate in an official visit at the European Parliament on Monday, October 19 from 11:00 to 13:00 h.

Registrations are open now (first come first serve).

Please register yourself, or forward this message to people who want to participate!

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Freedom not Fear 15 needs you and your helping hand!

We still need helping hands to organize Freedom not Fear 15 in Brussels!

In the last weeks we already organized some Monday meetings with MEPs, but it would be great to have some more (put it into the wiki if you want other people to join you).

The same applies if you want to give a talk, workshop, whatever. Feel free to put it into the wiki.

What we don’t have until now is an organizer for the mass accomodation. It would be good if the person was able to speak French. If you need more information, contact anna[ät]freedomnotfear[dot]org.

It is also time to think about an outside action. I doesn’t have to be a demo but it would be nice to have some action slot. If you have suggestions, join our mailing list, akv-international[ät]listen.akvorrat[dot]org!

And most important task last: Spread the word!

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Join us! Announcement of Freedom not Fear 2015 in Brussels

Dear friends of a free society and internet,

tl;dr: From 16th – 19th October activists for a free internet (and
world) from all across Europe will meet for Freedom not Fear in Brussels.

There’ll be workshops, talks, discussions, meetings with members of
the EU parliament, nice people and a lot more. We want you to join and
fight with us for a digital society worth living in!

What is FNF?

There are a lot of enemies of a free internet and our privacy all
across Europe. Only one example are surveillance laws made by governments or private
industries that undermine the EU dataprotection reform. But there is
hope. There is a strong civil rights movement in Europe and it is
growing. To join forces, we connect, once a year, at Freedom not Fear.

If you are also active on civil rights issues (or you want to get active) we warmly
invite you to join us to help us grow and work together. Last year
there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries and
over the last years, it constantly got more and more.

Join us!

1. We are preparing a lot of things right now, so we are glad about
every helping hand. Possible tasks are manifold, e.g. we need support
to spread the word of FNF in as many European countries as possible.

2. During the weekend, we will have several workshops, talks and
discussion groups. If you want to hold a session, go ahead and write
it down in the wiki.

3. Participate! Even if you cannot invest a lot of time beforehand –
Come to FNF15. Meet people, exchange experiences and work together.
And if you spontaneously decide to give a workshop: Go for it. There
will be space for unannounced sessions.

Now, save the date and spread the word for Freedom not Fear 2015. It
will take place 16th – 19th October 2015, at Mundo B in Brussels.

What next?

It is easy to join: There will be some opportunities for travel
funding support, organized by Digitalcourage. You can also ask your
MEP if he or she is willing to fund your travel. Last year we made a
How-To about contacting them.

To get in touch and stay updated, join the international mailinglist.

That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! We
also have a Twitter-Account now:
@fnf_eu

Freedom not Fear is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your
workshop: Tell us, what you or your NGO have been doing on a certain
topic and connect with other people from Europe, working on similar
issues. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you
with accommodation and such.

You will find more information about FNF on the blog and the wiki.

You also may have a look what FNF13-Weekend looked like, thanks to our
friends from “GoVeto”, who made a short video-introduction.

And if you have more questions, join the list or write to:
contact [et] freedomnotfear / org

Cheers,
the FNF15 organizing people

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How to arrange a meeting with your MEP?

On FNF-Monday we traditionally meet with members of the parliament to discuss current topics of data protection, surveillance, net neutrality and many more. If you want to arrange a meeting with a MEP, you should write a mail, wait some days and if you didn’t get any answer, call them directly.

We prepared a sample letter to help you:

Dear X,

In October 2015, privacy and dataprotection activists will gather in Brussels for the 6th Freedom not Fear Conference to discuss current EU dossiers and to meet with policy-makers. For this event, we would be happy to meet with you as well and discuss about YZX

We’re currently planing this year’s conference, which will take place between from 16th to
19th of October in Brussels. Like last year, there will be around 60 participants from 15 different European countries.

You can find more information at https://freedomnotfear.org

We traditionally have meetings with MEPs and members of the Commission
on Monday (19th of October 2015) in small groups (up to 4 or 5 people) to discuss specific current topics. For this reason, we would be very happy if it were possible to discuss with you about Y.

Please let me know if you would be available for approximately one
hour on Monday, 19th October or if you have any questions regarding the
meeting.

Thanks and best,
Z

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Freedom not Fear 2015: Save the date

There are a lot of enemies threatening the free internet and our privacy across Europe. Be it surveillance laws made by governments or private industries that undermine the EU data protection reform.

But there is hope. There is a strong civil rights movement in Europe, which comes together, once a year, at Freedom not Fear.

Therefore, save the date and spread the word for Freedom not Fear 2015. It will take place 16th – 19th October 2015, at Mundo B.

We are currently planning a lot of things, but the most important thing is your participation. We have grown a lot in the last years and you can help us growing even more:

The more people come to Brussels, the better! Last year there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries. It is easy to join: There will be travel funding, organised by Digitalcourage. You can also ask your MEP if he or she is willing to fund your travel. Last year we made a How-To contact them.

Join the international mailinglist. That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! We also have a Twitter-Account now: @fnf_eu
Freedom not Fear is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your workshop: Tell us, what you or your NGO has been doing on a certain topic and connect with other people from Europe, working on similar issues. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you with accommodation and such.

You will find more information about that here, as soon as we know.

You also may have a look what FNF13-Weekend looked like, thanks to our friends from “GoVeto”, who made this short video-introduction.

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Event Invitation: Freedom Not Fear – International Action Days in Macedonia

Once again, Macedonia joins the international Freedom Not Fear movement supporting the following basic principles:

We want freedom of speech in a digitalized world and a free and uncensored internet to express ourselves

We want privacy in the knowledge society, not surveillance

We want to live in freedom, not in fear

The Metamorphosis Foundation is inviting representatives of the media, NGOs and other associations, government and educational institutions, the private sector and all other citizens to express their support by participating in the public event which is to be held on September 26, 2014 – Friday, 11 am in the GEM club (Menada) in the Old Skopje Bazaar.

Activities planned for the event in Skopje are a discussion about the demands of the Freedom Not Fear movement, public signing of a petition for support of the demands and distribution of promotional material (t-shirts).

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Apero on the Future of the Internet – FNF pre-event

On Thursday 25 September, one day before Freedom Not Fear, Access will be organising an
Apero on the Future of the Internet from 17h to 20h in the Leopold
Park, right behind the European Parliament.

The event will bring together the digital civil rights community with the newly elected Members of European Parliament. This is a great opportunity for EDRi members to meet with MEPs and discuss your major priorities. Don’t forget to bring stickers and swag!

Practical information

Date & Time: September 25 from 17h to 20h.

Venue: Leopold Park – Access via Rue Wiertz, near the entrance of the
European Parliament Paul Henri Spaak building

Food and drinks will be served

For further questions contact Reagan [raegan [#ät] accessnow [#dot] org

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